Make Cleaning Day Less Painful: Look How They Used to Do It
/ AVP, Mortgage Lending
Nobody loves housekeeping, so when we found “1003 Household Hints” among the INB keepsakes, we had to share! It’ll make cleaning day just a little less taxing when you see what cleaning was like in the 1940s. We’re not sure why the old Illinois National Bank would choose to give away something like this – probably a very expensive giveaway with a list price of 50 cents printed right under the editor’s name – but maybe it had to do with the bank’s tagline at the time: “Illinois National Bank, Everybody’s Bank.” Everyone has to clean! Thank goodness we don’t have to clean like this:
- Never shake rugs or hang them over a line. Shaking breaks threads, damages the backings, loosens knots, tears the bindings. Hanging bends and strains the fibers, causing them to break.
- At floor-scrubbing time, push – don’t pull – the pail around. Just place it on a small wooden platform to each corner of which you have mounted casters.
- Rid rooms of stale tobacco smoke with your own “homemade” deodorizer. Just mix a little diluted ammonia with a bowl of fresh water and let the bowl stay overnight in the room to be purged. Try this in your clothes closets, too.
- Windows will require less elbow grease to clean if you moisten a rag with some glycerin and use it on those dirty panes. They’ll stay clean longer too.
- To clean door knobs without injuring the wood finish behind them, cut cardboard shields to fit around the door knob and key plate. Then go to it!
- Varnished surfaces can usually be cleaned nicely with a cloth dipped in cool, weak tea. That’s right, cool, weak tea.
- You’ll prevent the inside of your salt shaker metal top from rusting if you paint it with ordinary nail polish. When the lacquer is dry, use a darning needle to open the holes form the inside out.
- Clean your candles with a cloth dampened in alcohol.
- Dirty clothespins leave their mark on linens and garments. Bathe them back to spotlessness in a pan of soapy warm water. Scrub each pin with a stiff brush, rinse in ammonia water, then spread out on clean paper and dry them in the sun.
- To clean slightly soiled single-tone rugs, use cornmeal. Work the cornmeal into the pile of the rug with a stiff brush and then remove it with a vacuum cleaner.